A Teacher’s Little Chat

Leesa Jones recently took the time to post a blog regarding teaching students to be resilient.  This reminded me of a recent parent/teacher interview I attended for one of my children.  The teacher we were meeting with told us about a little “chat” she sometimes has with a class if the students are exhibiting obnoxious tendencies. 

I suppose the crux of the “chat” she has is that the students who are ‘intelligent’ are that way by nature and thus should be humble – they haven’t acquired this position through hard work and effort.  Her inspiration is to see the students who are not as (naturally) intelligent apply effort to achieve the best they can

Now some could commence dialogue about Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences  or Nature versus Nurture; but that is a different discussion altogether.


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